Strouds Run State Park

11661 State Park Road
Athens, OH 45701


2,606 acres of uninterrupted hardwood forest sprawl over the many hills and coves of Strouds Run State Park. The rugged terrain and scenic lake provide visitors a unique wilderness escape in southeastern Ohio.


78 non-electric sites
Latrines, waste drains, picnic tables and fire rings are provided
10 sites are available for campers with pets
Group camp area is available for organized groups on a reservation basis



Boats with a 10-hp limit are permitted on 161-acre Dow Lake. There is a launch ramp located at the northeastern edge of the lake with 12 tie-up stakes.


Largemouth bass, crappie are taken from Dow Lake within the park. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.


Hunting is permitted in designated areas. Wild turkey, gray squirrel and white-tailed deer are abundant. A valid Ohio hunting license is required.


Three picnic areas are found in the park. Most picnic areas have restrooms available; no restrooms are available south of the dam. Three shelterhouses on the north end of the lake are reservable.


A 700-foot sand beach on the east side of the lake is open during the summer months from sunrise to sunset. Changing booths, drinking water and restrooms are available.

Swimming is permitted in designated areas. Please exercise caution while swimming at the beach. Pets are NOT permitted on swimming beaches.

Scuba diving with proper equipment is permitted. Diving alone and within the beach area is prohibited.


Blackhaw Accessible Trail - 0.5 mile - limestone (no bicycles)
Beaver Pond Trail - 1 mile - Moderate
Broken Rock Trail - 2 miles - Moderate
Chestnut Trail
Lakeview Trail - 7 miles - Moderate
Vista Point Trail - 1.5 miles
White Pine Trail
Fifteen mountain bike trails that also allow hiking wind through the state park and adjacent City of Athens' Sells Park:

Athens Trail - 3.5 miles
Basswood Connector - 0.3 mile
Cucumbertree Trail - 0.4 mile
Finger Rock Trail - 1.2 miles
Hickory Trail - 2.9 miles
Pawpaw Connector - 0.3 mile
Redbud Connector - 0.2 mile
Rockhouse Trail - 2.7 miles
Scatter Ridge Connector - 0.9 mile
Sourwood Connector - 0.2 mile
Sundown Trail - 6.6 miles
Thunderbunny Trail - 2.9 miles
Trace Trail - 1.2 miles
White Ash Trail - 0.6 mile
White Ash Connector - 0.2 mile
Ten bridle trails that also allow hiking:

Amoretto Trail
Boogie Trail
Cliff Trail
Creek Trail
Haley Trail
Hank Trail
Hermit Hut Trail
Indian Mound Trail
Lake Hill Trail
Pete Smith Trail

Winter Recreation

Under the proper winter conditions, park guests can enjoy sledding and cross-country skiing.

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